Broker Check

Cyber Safety Tip: Update

October 23, 2023

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your phone, computer, or tablet, and a notification pops up.

“Update Me!”

While that isn’t the exact wording, the meaning is the same. Something wants to be updated to the most recent version. But the banner gets in your way, and you tab it to the side, thinking you will get to it later.

Then we forget it.

This doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it turns out updating your programs can be one of the easiest ways to make your life safer in the long run.

Some software updates contain security measures that help patch vulnerabilities that could lead to a cyberattack. They may include safety features that help keep intruders out if your phone is hacked or stolen.

So the next time you get an annoying pop-up asking for an update, take the extra time and get your device up to speed.

It could be the easiest security upgrade you ever have.

PRO TIP: Some antivirus programs can check your device for updates and keep you current (though it may cost extra, so read up before you click).